GREEN VALLEY ELEMENTARY SCHOOL
3838 Overdale Road
Roanoke, Virginia 24018
Veterans Day Program and American Education Week Visitation
Monday, November 11, 2013
Veteran Breakfast: 7:45 a.m. in the Art Room
Program: 8:15 a.m. in the School Cafeteria/Auditorium
Following the program
Veteran Reception in the Art Room
Parent & Guest Refreshments in the Front Hallway
Classroom Visitation: 9:30 – 10:15 a.m.
Green Valley is hosting our annual Veteran’s Day Program in combination with American Education Week on Monday, November 11, 2013. To celebrate both occasions, we are inviting Veterans, parents and friends of Green Valley to attend this special presentation and stay for refreshments and classroom visitation until 10:15 a.m. Community Veterans are invited to be our guests for breakfast beginning at 7:45 a.m. in the Art Room and return there for a reception following the program. Parents and other guests will be served light refreshments in the front hallway. The breakfast and both receptions will be sponsored and provided by our Green Valley staff members. Green Valley PTA Volunteers will serve the Veteran breakfast and both the Veteran and parent/guest receptions. The theme of American Education Week is “Great Public Schools: A Basic Right and Our Responsibility”. The theme of Veterans Day is “Honoring All Who Served”. Because this is an all school event, seating in the Cafeteria/Auditorium will be limited. Veterans will be given first priority to sit either on the stage or in chairs behind the student body. Any chairs still available will be offered to non Veteran parents & guests. After all seats are taken, non Veteran guests will be directed to the Library/Media Center where, for the first time in the twenty two years we have been hosting this program, we will provide live video streaming, courtesy of Chuck Lionberger, Community Relations Specialist, Roanoke County Schools.
The program will begin with a Prelude of Patriotic songs performed by the Green Valley Student Body and directed by Mary Lou Hagen, Music Teacher. Included among our special guests will be a Color Guard from the Roanoke County Police Department Honor Guard to Present and Retire the Colors, various Veteran groups, and friend and family Veterans from the Green Valley and Roanoke Valley communities. A welcome will be given by Principal Ashley McCallum. Mrs. Hagen’s brother, Benjamin H. Adkins, Jr., Veteran, United States Army, 44th Signal Battalion, Vietnam War, will give a brief Response to the Welcome. Chief Petty Officer Clive Rice, United States Navy Retired, will do a reading, “I Was a Sailor Once”, and Johnsey Cabaniss, Veteran, United States Army, 82nd Airborne, will lead the Pledge of Allegiance. Our keynote speaker will be David Bowman, Sr., Veteran of the United States Air Force, grandfather of Jack Bowman, Green Valley third grade student, and father-in-law/father of Laura & David Bowman, Jr., active PTA volunteers. The Statement of Purpose will be read by our S.C.A. President, Danielle Zebosky. Greetings and Remarks will be made by our Mistress of Ceremonies, Mrs. Camilla Cabaniss, retired teacher, Green Valley Elementary School. The Candle of Remembrance will be lit by our S.C.A. Vice President, Sophie Saunders, followed by a Moment of Silence to remember those who are no longer with us, during which two members of the Hidden Valley Middle School Band, Andrew Lin and Carson Stanley, will play “Echo Taps” under the direction of Rick Elliott, Hidden Valley Middle School Band Director. Fifth grader Sarah Beth Tirico, daughter of Tom and Susan Keehne Tirico, will present cards to Veterans Clive Rice and Bill Keene (Sarah Beth’s grandfather) in remembrance of their wives, Betty Rice and Dot Keehne, both deceased, who faithfully attended many of our Veterans Day Programs with their husbands.
Thank you, Michael Naughton RN, Major (Retired), US Army Medical Corp., for your eloquent words of wisdom written to us in 2008:
“It is appropriate to offer thanks to those forgotten patriots, namely the wives, husbands and families of the Veterans who supported and stood by, enduring hard times. It was only because of them we were able to do our jobs successfully.”
Throughout the program, Green Valley students in grades Kindergarten through 5th grade will be performing numerous musical tributes to our nation’s soldiers including all five of the Armed Forces Songs. Mrs. Cabaniss will enthusiastically recognize all Veterans present, both as a whole group and as members of each of the five branches of Armed Forces. The study body will honor the Veterans with a special musical tribute, “We are Proud of Our Veterans”, ending with a full military salute. Fifth grade students will dedicate their special song, “American Tears”, to all our Veterans. Students, staff, and all guests will join us in singing one special Patriotic song together. The entire Green Valley student body will conclude the program by singing “There Will Be Peace”. Assistant Principal Ashley Williams will give the Invitation for Visitation and Dismissal.
Veteran’s Day is a twenty two year tradition at Green Valley and is a perfect opportunity for our students to model CHARACTER COUNTS. We believe our children should know the sacrifices made for our freedoms, and by celebrating with our community, they realize how many people are involved. To make this concept more tangible, we will display our annual Wall of Thanks, where Green Valley patrons, staff and their family members who have served in the armed forces are featured on posters surrounded by red, white, and blue ribbons. The Wall of Thanks will be displayed in the hallway adjacent to the Cafeteria/Auditorium. The children and staff will be dressed in patriotic colors.
Veterans are invited to attend the assembly and receive special thanks for serving our country.
THANK YOU, VETERANS!
Mary Lou Hagen, Music Teacher
Ashley McCallum, Principal
Ashley Williams, Assistant Principal
Submitted by Chuck Lionberger